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that with your help, we could get more community input. we are also excited at the board of supervisors, when we first learned about this, that there were innovative ideas that came from the board. we would encourage a partnership there. we would be happy to be part of those discussions encourage planning to be innovative. i have a couple of things to show you here. supervisor avalos had an idea for a green wall. this is an image from a living wall in france. here is another example of beautification that is closer to home. this is the will -- the woman's building in the mission. we think that san francisco has great ideas about how to use these spaces, and we would like you to be part of a broader community dialogue about how to
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best use this space, which is, not ironically, on the planning department's building. thank you for your attention. supervisor mar: thank you. mr. [unintelligible] >> good afternoon, supervisors. ibm executive director reps [unintelligible] -- i am the executive director of [unintelligible] sib the planning code, it is very clear about what happens when a sign is removed entirely, and this was a topic of discussion on march 1, the new sign as to conform to current city laws. this is a rule that we apply it to every business. really, if you offer a sign in removed it and put it back up, yes, overall, the planning staff
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says that this is what we require of everyone. but this is crazy, this sign has not been gone one year. it has not been removed. for once it has been removed, it has to conform to the current requirements of the code. there are two requirements to govern -- governed billboards. the first is the prop that said you cannot add new billboards to a neighborhood, you can only relocate them in a conditional use process. it has to be to a location in in a manner that conforms to the laws of that district and permit billboards. others do not. that was still in the code for the purpose of relocation. the other is this specific regulation for the district. the the war that was proposed was nine times larger than what would legally be permitted. i want to say, as someone who
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worked hard on the plan, we all envision that south finance mission intersection as a place where we wanted townsend, but we knew that it was a blighted area. it has terrible traffic problems. if you spend any time at that intersection, it is a nightmare for pedestrians. we have not actually seen any of those plans that would make that a friendlier, nicer place to live, to work, to walk. not necessarily the planning department proposing this giant thing where we want to have revitalization, it is a real insult, frankly, to the neighbors who spent over a decade going to the process. the city actually needs to be doing more to make it capable, not bringing more blight to the neighborhood. we think it is totally appropriate for the location
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and, at the very least, i do not think we're ready for prime time today. there are a lot of questions that need to be answered on the funding level about the legality of it. we hope that he will continue today and ultimately have a better discussion about what is going on here. thank you. supervisor wiener: i have a question for the city attorney. i am assuming that there is a signature approving the contract, but we have this issue raised and as a city attorney, i have an opinion as to whether this is legal, apart from the policy issues. >> i think that the planning department is in a better position to address the facts that have been explained. i would defer to that.
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supervisor wiener: if planning to explain, that would be great. >> chairman, supervisors, thank you for the opportunity. i think it is important to say, right off the bat, but confusion on the issue of sign regulation is understandable, to say the least. the regulation of design is extremely complex. that being sought -- that being said, this is a legal design. it is unique in that it has no structure where frames surrounding it, and by that we have come to make funny situation where copy is changed, as is often the case, and do the naked eye there is no sign. the code accounts for this type of situation.
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in article 1.7, three years have been established in which a sign, or after which, the uses are deemed abandoned. if the sign is installed again during that time, or importantly a there is an intent guests not to abandon the sign in this hearing, then the sign is not considered to be abandoned. this is a roundabout way of calling it a legal sign it from a regulatory perspective. supervisor mar: thank you. is there anyone else in the public that would like to speak? seeing no one, public comment is closed. colleagues, i feel there needs to be more time for community input and dialogue about the question of legality, though i just heard from planning's perspective. i am wondering if we can continue this item for two weeks
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until march 26 so that we can hear back so that the residents in community-based groups can have more times -- more time to engage. i know that the urgency of this for your department gives more time to give some input. colleagues, do i make a motion to continue this until march 26? without objection, thank you. thank you, everyone. miss miller, are there any other items before us? >> note supervisor mar:. without any further right -- no. supervisor mar: without any further items, meeting adjourned. thank you.
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>> let's get the party started. and i want to thank the mayor for being here and our team, the schoolboard. most important, my wife and son are here. i think i will read this because i don't want to get emotional. i wrote this letter, and i took some time to think about it.
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it is with mixed emotions, i announce my retirement on july 10. the time has come to retire so i can spend more time with friends and loved ones. i think it is important, while i still can ride my motorcycle. i have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic colleagues. they have done a phenomenal job . this is like a dream come true.
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the last five years have been an opportunity i have never had. it is nice to end my career. it has been an honor and privelege to serve this community. they had the wisdom to hire me. our work has restored my faith in the excellent opportunities that do exist. school boards can serve the students that are most under- served. the work has a long way to go,
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but if san francisco maintains its course, we will have no problem in determining student success. the freedom fighters have stood with me to make sure students are a priority. it is not our fault. that is a state infrastructure problem, and in spite of those cuts, as a result, we are one of the few districts that is doign well, and we are having
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to make tough choices, but we are going to get there. think about the fact that in 11 years we have had steady grow th. in the last three years, we have showed double digit growth. we had teachers and administrators who saw this as a civil rights issue. when we improve the conditions of underserved children, we serve all children, so i want
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to commend the work. there is a lot of work to be done, but i leave knowing the work will continue because we have quality people. the city, the partnership we have developed is like no other place in america. where else can we have all the other departments work hand-in-hand. where else do they go otut there and believe in children? i want to commend the community
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for standing up for social justice, so we have a lot of work ahead of us, and i may be a lame duck but not a dead duck. negotiating with partners, hoping we eliminate as many layoffs as possible, because this is one community, and we need to stand up for one another. it has been an honor and a privilege. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> hi, i am the president of the school board. today is a sad day for our school district to know superintendent garcia will be leaving after the school year. it seems like we just started this journey. what we have seen is positive growth in students. we have increased access to rigorous curriculum.
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this includes requriement for high school graduation, so we could say we have much to celebrate, but the board wants to continue the positive direction. there is no one single school board member that feels we are finished. we want to continue to support our goals and initiatives, so we made a decision to invite one person who has played a centra l role in achievements, so we are going to invite this person
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to take it to the next level, and that is no toher than oru current deputy superintendent. [applause] >> thank you. [speaknig spanish] ladies and gentlemen, i just shared a few words with you in spanish because entering schools, i only spoke spanish.
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i cannot tell you how proud my parents would be that we have focused on the path to be successful so they will be superintendents and doctors and lawyers. this is a labor of love, and i can tell you san francisco is unlike anyplace else where we believe in social justidce, and that does not happen without the leadership you see. most of all, our students, so i look forward to wroking to
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continue the work we started. i look forward to pushing ourselves to provide a better opportunity. my partner, my wife who is with me today, thank you for being here. i would have had my children here, but they are in school, but i want to thank the board for this trust you have placed i n me, so thank you very much, and i look forward to this next chapter. [applause]
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>> i want to bring up our mayor , who is a strong supporter o f f public schools. we are grateful to have him as co-chair, so our strong partner in public schools, mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you. i don't know how someone my age can figure out an escape so easily, but i want to congratulate you, and on behalf of city government, thank you so
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much for sacrificing. these days you haeear about heas of educational institutions in transition, and there are a lot of people who regard education as academic. i get a sense carlos was a different person, and he was always different. the first thing i noticed when i first met him, he was not speaking as an academic. he is speaking about kids and how we want them to succeed.
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he has championed programs and relationships, whether in the school board or toher programs, championed programs that are aimed at making kids first in our lives. that is what i liked most. it should not be a surprise he is leaving at a time there has been marked improvement. whether it is championing programs, these are programs i learned about, and realizing they are aimed at achievement
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gaps, and they have made great stridesw while the other children were enjoying the benefits, what has made it different is the special relationship with our city, one i will make sure continuses to happen. we are never satisfied with the status quo. if we were,w e would have gone baack to when the mayor was suffering. we care for our kids, not just
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in precious hours of education, but success has to do with education. that is why it has never been about a rainy day fund. we can support what goes on in and around the schools. we are always experiencing the cuts at the federal and state level, and we are always challenged, and it is not only those cuts beginning in kindergarten. how many express that it is
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about continuing all the way to college, and then to have carlos working with the dept of public health, or as a member of my cabinet, so many other departments engaged in the need for our kids to be successful in and out of the classroom. it is those i believe to be mroe successful, and i know richard is going to inherit this as we meet new challenges.
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we are going to approach them in an enthusiastic way, that is the best way we honor your leadership, to carrry those out in more increased vigor. we have been funding a ltot of work and going about the business of solidifying a relationship that is created, so thank you for putting kids first. thank you for expressing your love for 37 years, not only for
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institutions but for people when you can express your love, it gets us into saying i want to join because parents fee ll it, because school board members feel it. that is what gets me up every day, if i can get kids knowing education is 24/7. everything else has to be successful. we have to have academic foundations. if we can get all the others successful, we can figure out other revenue streams so we are
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not worried about pinnk slips. we are not going to lay off teachers. this is where we have to go. thank you for the progress. i look forward to this. thank you very much. [applause] >> we know you want to spend mroe time with family, but i think you want to travel the world. we are going to miss you. we made the decision, there were a lot of people who want to
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make comments. today is about us moving forward. we have that partnership. we have strong leadership, and i trust we will continue positive growth. weas of now, i give you an o pportunity to speak to us individually. thank you very much. [applause]

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